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How Africa Business Man Noah Samara Did Battle US Government To Launch His Own Satellite.

Posted by Reunionblackfamily. on December 30, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Wikipedia calls it a mystery, so I had no link. But since I have personal knowledge of the incident, I will explain it from memory.


You see in the late 1990s an Afirkan businessman named Noah Samara did battle with the US by generating the necessary funds to launch his own satellite. They played by the rules; they produced all of the required documents; they did everything by the numbers, and by 1998, Worldspace successfully launched a communications network, with the intent of providing communications services to all of Afrika and beyond. Now mind you, I did not say channel, syndication, time slot, or anything that would suggest there was a need to ride on the coat tails of White folks. I said ownership. All Black, by the way.

 

To make a long story short, with 181 all Black employees, Samara sprung into action, selling services throughout the continent from his DC HQ. So much in fact that he quickly caught the attention of the powers that be including the various alphabet organizations and an investigation ensued into who originally funded him. Ironically hundreds of names turned up that were placed after the fact on a new terrorist watch list, (prior to 9-11) as they became available. People were threatened, contracts were lost, assets were frozen, and sites were targeted and bombed. White people were sent into the company to monitor. The Black employees were replaced by investigators. And by 2008, Worldspace was financially destroyed.

 

The only thing Wikipedia does have correct is Samara's commencement speech:

 

"In the mid-1980s, I read something that changed my life. It was an article in the Washington Post about AIDS in Africa and how it was spreading because millions of people had no information or the wrong information.It became clear to me that people weren’t simply dying of disease; they were dying of ignorance.Something had to be done. I came up with the idea of launching a satellite over Africa that would broadcast digital radio across the continent to inexpensive portable receivers. In 1990, I quit my job and devoted my body, mind and spirit to a quest that required securing international regulatory approval from 127 countries, designing a new communications system, building and launching satellites, establishing a corporation, hiring staff and raising capital to pay for it all. We needed around $1.5 billion to make it happen".

Afirkan businessman named Noah Samara did battle with the US by generating the necessary funds to launch his own satellite.

Noah A. Samara is a Chief Executive Officer of WorldSpace, the world's first to launch satellite radio system. He also played a pivotal role in the foundation of XM Satellite Radio. He claimed what motivated him to found WorldSpace is to give millions of people in Asia and Africa access to information.

Samara's effort to launch a third satellite over Latin America got him embroiled in a bitter fight with the U.S. Department of Defense and Boeing, which use the L-band for communication during flight tests.

Noah Samara was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to a Sudanese father and an Ethiopian mother. He left his home country and went to the United States at the age of 17 in search of better education. Samara received his bachelor’s degree in English from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1978, a master’s degree in international business from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a doctor of jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law School.

He is an attorney that has specialized in international communications satellite laws.

Samara, at the age of 34, became the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the internationally known and now bankrupt WorldSpace Corporation.

Samara has served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and the Director of the Company since the inception of WorldSpace. A veteran of the satellite industry, Mr. Samara has been an advisor to numerous global telecommunications and broadcasting organizations over the years, on a wide range of business and regulatory issues. He has published articles in the fields of satellite communications and broadcasting. Mr. Samara holds a MS Degree in International Business Diplomacy from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University School of Law. He has also received numerous awards from governments and institutions specifically for his work with WorldSpace.

Samara once told the graduates of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania at a commencement ceremony:

In the mid-1980s, I read something that changed my life. It was an article in the Washington Post about AIDS in Africa and how it was spreading because millions of people had no information or the wrong information.It became clear to me that people weren’t simply dying of disease; they were dying of ignorance.Something had to be done. I came up with the idea of launching a satellite over Africa that would broadcast digital radio across the continent to inexpensive portable receivers.

In 1990, I quit my job and devoted my body, mind and spirit to a quest that required securing international regulatory approval from 127 countries, designing a new communications system, building and launching satellites, establishing a corporation, hiring staff and raising capital to pay for it all. We needed around $1.5 billion to make it happen.Noah Samara

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Reply hailu ashenafi
2:33 AM on January 17, 2014 
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Reply JoeW
10:13 AM on December 30, 2013 
This is a great man and a sad, but not surprising story.